Typhoon jets were operating around Russian warship Vice-Admiral Kulakov off the west coast of the UK this week.
HMS Tyne, HMS Richmond and HMS Kent – combined to escort a group of Russian ships as they operated in the Celtic Sea and approaches to the South West coast of the UK.
HMS Northumberland also watched the movements of Udaloy-class destroyer, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov, as she sailed North West of the Outer Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland.
This task group were joined by RAF Typhoon and F-35s jets, plus tankers RFA Tideforce and RFA Tiderace, which kept the allied ships replenished throughout the operations and contributed to monitoring duties while in the Irish Sea.
First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin, said:
“This is why the Royal Navy is at sea every day, protecting the UK and our interests. Even with the pressures of Covid, we remain at short notice to respond to threats both in home waters and around the world. Despite the increase in Russian activity, both on the surface and underwater, we are always ready to respond.”
Commander Philip Harper, Commanding Officer of HMS Severn, said:
“In very challenging conditions with rough weather, Severn and several other British and allied ships, have spent 20 days ensuring that Russian transiting warships remain under our watchful eyes.”